NBA power forward/center who was drafted first overall in 2012 by the University of Kentucky, earning the 2012 National Player of the Year award while leading his team to a 38-2 record and an NCAA Championship.
He began his high school career at Perspectives Charter School as a guard, standing at 6'0" his freshman year. A growth spurt over the next three years enabled him to become a unique forward, standing around 6'8" with guard-like quickness. He'd reached about 6'10" by the time he began his career at Kentucky.
He was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team in 2013 and finished second in Rookie of the Year voting to Damian Lillard. He set a record by scoring 52 points at the 2017 NBA All-Star Game and he was named the game's MVP.
He was raised with two sisters, Antoinette and Lesha.
He was teammates with Kobe Bryant on the Olympic gold-medal winning U.S. basketball team in 2012.